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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dead at 91

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Jerry Lewis, an actor and auteur who was one of the most influential forces in American comedy, died Sunday morning at his Las Vegas. He was 91.

"Legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home with family by his side," his family said in a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal writer John Katsilometes. No cause of death was announced.

In a career that spanned vaudeville, radio, television, film and philanthropy, Lewis established the persona of a manic, juvenile jokester, which belied darker, more self-lacerating elements below the surface, »


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'Hitman's Bodyguard' Tops Weekend with $21M+ Opening as 'Logan Lucky' Falls Short

6 hours ago | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Lionsgate and Summit's action-comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard finished ahead of pre-weekend expectations and took the #1 spot at the weekend box office while WB and New Line's Annabelle: Creation scored a second place finish over its sophomore frame. The weekend wasn't too kind, however, to Bleecker's Logan Lucky, which did manage to finish third, but was unable to crack double digits from over 3,000 locations. As for the weekend overall, the top twelve narrowly escaped becoming the worst weekend of 2017 by less than $1 million by combining for $81.5 million. As of right now, this means the month of August is currently pacing 34% behind August last year while the summer season is pacing 12.8% behind last year. With an estimated $21.6 million, Lionsgate's release of The Hitman's Bodyguard finished #1 at the box office. This outperforms Mojo's pre-release forecast and is just a shade below historical averages for a film of this size and genre from Lionsgate. »


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Erik Poppe’s ‘The King’s Choice’ Sweeps 8 Amanda Norwegian National Film Awards

19 August 2017 12:38 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Haugesund, Norway — Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s historical epic, ”The King’s Choice” (”Kongens nei”), was the Amanda jury’s clear favorite at this year’s awards. Nominated for a record 13 Amandas — Norway’s national film prizes — it snagged eight on Saturday night at Haugesund’s Scandic Maritim Hall. The kudos ceremony unspooled one day before the opening of the 45th Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund, which runs through Aug. 25.

Norwegian actress (and singer) Pia Tjelta, who earlier on the day was honored with a stone at Haugesund’s walk of fame – the Haraldsgate – hosted the show, which was televised by Norwegian commercial broadcaster TV. A majority of Amanda winners went on stage to receive their statuettes.

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“The King’s Choice” topped Norwegian box office charts last year, earning 713,276 admissions. It was named best Norwegian feature of 2016 by the Norwegian Film Critics. It »


- Jorn Rossing Jensen

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Jaime King Joins Indie 'Ice Cream in the Cupboard'

18 August 2017 5:43 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Jaime King, who starred in four seasons of Hart of Dixie, has joined the cast of Ice Cream in the Cupboard, an indie drama that adapts the book by Pat Moffett.

Drew Pollins is directing the indie drama that hails from Serenity Media Group and is shooting in Los Angeles.

The book tells of a couple’s fractured life when the wife is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Claudia Ferri (The Killing) and Dana Ashbrook (Twin Peaks) are playing the couple. King is playing a neurologist who tries to help the duo.

The part is the latest feature get for King, who »


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Warner Bros. Touts $1B ‘Conjuring’ Universe With ‘Annabelle: Creation’ Success

18 August 2017 3:46 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

So many “universes” since the Marvel Universe brand. Universal touts its Monsters universe and yes, Warner Bros. has one, too, now. It’s call The Conjuring universe. After the successful box office launch of New Line Cinema's latest horror offering Annabelle: Creation, Warner Bros. just announced that James Wan and producer Peter Safran's Conjuring “universe” of films have reached the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box  office. Annabelle: Creation opened to $35M… »


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‘Girls Trip’ Crosses $100 Million at Domestic Box Office

18 August 2017 10:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal Pictures’ “Girls Trip” has crossed the $100 million mark at the domestic box office after four weeks, to become the studio’s sixth film to reach that milestone this year.

Girls Trip” has also taken in $9.9 million internationally as it starts its foreign rollout. Australia and Romania will release the film on Aug. 31, with additional markets launching the film through the end of the year.

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Girls Trip” debuted behind “Dunkirk” with a surprisingly strong $31.2 million at the North American box office over its opening weekend on July 21 to July 23, making it the highest-grossing opening for a live-action comedy of the year. It dropped only 36% in its second weekend.

Girls Trip” broke the summer’s streak of underperforming R-rated comedies such as “Rough Night” and “The House.” Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, and Jada Pinkett Smith star as four friends attending the Essence Music »


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David Mackenzie’s ‘Outlaw King’ Adds Billy Howle

18 August 2017 2:25 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Actor Billy Howle has joined Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Florence Pugh in David Mackenzie’s (Hell Or High Water) upcoming Netflix film Outlaw King. The Looming Tower scribe Bash Doran drafted the screenplay, which tells the story of Robert The Bruce (Pine), the king who led his country to freedom from the oppressive rule of England in Scotland. Howle will play Prince of Wales who goes head to head with Robert The Bruce to secure the Scottish… »


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Sonny Landham Dead: 'Predator' and '48 Hours' Actor Was 76.

18 August 2017 3:44 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Sonny Landham -- who played Billy the self-knifing military badass in "Predator" -- has passed away in a Kentucky hospital at the age of 76 from congestive heart failure.  Landham was part of Arnold Schwarzenegger's band of special forces soldiers in the 1987 flick -- and starred in the famous scene where he tried to go one-on-one with the alien armed only with a knife.  He lost ... but he went down in a frickin' blaze of glory. »


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‘Super Troopers 2’ Lands Spring 2018 Release Date

18 August 2017 11:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox Searchlight has set an April 20, 2018, release date for “Super Troopers 2” — 17 years after the original.

Jay Chandrasekhar is directing the comedy sequel, as he did on the original. Filmmaking team Broken Lizard raised $4.4 million in a 30-day crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in 2015 that saw more than 50,000 contributors. It was one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns for a movie along with the $5.7 million raised by fans for the “Veronica Mars” movie starring Kristen Bell.

Donation incentives for “Super Tropers 2” on the first day included a producer title for $10,000, a speaking actor role for $10,000, a trip to the ballpark with the main actors for $15,000, and the patrol car to be used in the filming for $35,000. “Super Troopers 2” met the initial goal of $2 million (set by Fox Searchlight) in 26 hours.

Super Troopers 2” reunites all five Troopers from the original film — Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske. The »


- Dave McNary

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Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher to Star in ‘Shaft’ Sequel

18 August 2017 10:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After originally planning a full reboot of the ’70s classic, New Line is reverting back to a familiar formula for the next installment of “Shaft,” while also leaving the door open for a new face to take over the franchise.

Sources tell Variety that Samuel L. Jackson is in negotiations to reprise his role of the titular character with “Survivor’s Remorse” star Jessie T. Usher in talks to play Jackson’s son in the film.

Tim Story is directing a script from “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris.

The original 1971 version — based on Ernest Tidyman’s novel — starred Richard Roundtree as a smooth private detective who’s hired by a drug lord to find his kidnapped daughter. The character became a pop culture icon and the theme song, written by Isaac Hayes, went on to win an Oscar.

Paramount Pictures rebooted the film in 2002 with Samuel L. Jackson taking over the role, and »


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Adam Driver Teases "Unexpected" Kylo Ren Development in 'Last Jedi'

18 August 2017 8:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It's a trap! Or maybe not. 

Adam Driver will intrigue Star Wars fans with a Sunday interview on the Today show in which he discusses his Sith character, Kylo Ren. 

The 33-year-old actor doesn't give anyway any specifics, obviously, but he does make a comment that is interesting when asked by Willie Geist if fans "will be happy with that happens to Kylo." 

Driver responds, "God, I hope. I think it will be hopefully unexpected." 

Now, this could mean anything. Perhaps Luke or Rey cut him down or maybe he pulls a Darth Vader and redeems himself. Or maybe none of the »


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Eric Zumbrunnen, Film Editor and Frequent Spike Jonze Collaborator, Dies at 52

17 August 2017 4:43 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Eric Zumbrunnen, an inventive film editor who worked with director Spike Jonze on several films, music videos and commercials, has died. He was 52.

Zumbrunnen died Aug. 1 of stomach cancer at his home in Pacific Palisades, Jason Kasperski of Prodigy Public Relations told The Hollywood Reporter.

Creative kindred spirits, Zumbrunnen and Jonze collaborated for more than two decades, teaming for the features Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation (2002), Where the Wild Things Are (2009) and Her (2013), an Oscar nominee for best picture.

Zumbrunnen won the best edited feature film award (comedy or musical) from the American Cinema Editors for Being »


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Will Maz Kanata Be In The Han Solo Movie?

33 minutes ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The still-untitled Han Solo movie has been coming together in recent months, now under the watchful eyes of Ron Howard, but did a spoiler break? »

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ TV Spot Explains the Meaning Behind the Title

50 minutes ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

We’re about one month way from seeing Taron Egerton return to action as Eggsy, an operative from the Kingsman secret agent organizations based out of London. In the sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, there’s a new threat on the horizon, and it appears they strike a crushing blow against the well-dressed, British spies, because every […]

The post ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ TV Spot Explains the Meaning Behind the Title appeared first on /Film. »


- Ethan Anderton

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Jerry Lewis: from Cinderfella to King of Comedy – a career in clips

50 minutes ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The comedy legend Jerry Lewis has died aged 91. We look back over his cinematic highlights

Peter Bradshaw on Jerry Lewis: a knockabout clown with a dark and melancholy inner life

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•A life in pictures

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- Xan Brooks

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One Superhero Crossover That Sounds Like A Great Idea, According To Ryan Reynolds

1 hour ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

There's one crossover in particular to which Ryan Reynolds appears particularly receptive. »

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‘Annabelle: Creation’ Usurps China’s ‘Wolf Warriors II’ at International Box Office

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After three weekends on top of the international box office charts, “Wolf Warriors II” is taking a small step down.

That’s because “Annabelle: Creation” has pulled a week two switcheroo. The latest entry in the “Conjuring Universe” is spending its second weekend of release on top of the international charts with $42 million from 56 territories. Combined with last week’s overseas take and its domestic grosses, the horror movie has now earned $160.7 million worldwide.

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Those are great numbers for the low budget sequel, yes. But when stacked up against “Wolf Warriors II,” it’s a different story. The record-breaking Chinese film should take in an additional $36 million this weekend from six territories. That puts its overseas grosses at $772 million, making it the second highest-grossing movie from a single territory of all time behind “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens.” When combined with the spare change it’s made in »


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‘Rat Film’ Trailer: Theo Anthony’s Acclaimed Documentary Takes a Closer Look at the Oft-Misunderstood Rodents — Watch

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A year after premiering at Locarno, “Rat Film” has a trailer courtesy of Cinema Guild. Theo Anthony’s documentary about the oft-misunderstood creatures earned acclaim throughout its run on the festival circuit and is due in theaters next month. Watch the trailer below.

Read More:‘Rat Film’ Teaser: Cinema Guild Picks Up Theo Anthony’s Acclaimed and Astounding Documentary — Watch

Here’s the synopsis: “Across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but make homes in them. ‘Rat Film’ is a feature-length documentary that uses the rat — as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them — to explore the history of Baltimore. ‘There’s never been a rat problem in Baltimore, it’s always been a people problem.'”

Read More:‘Rat Film,’ ‘World Without End (No Reported Incidents)’ and More Non-Fiction Offerings Headline Annual Art of the Real Showcase »


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Tim Burton’s Live-Action ‘Dumbo’ Adds Oscar-Winner Alan Arkin

1 hour ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Tim Burton is currently shooting another live-action remake for Disney: Dumbo. Production began almost a month ago with Colin FarrellEva Green, Danny DeVito and Michael Keaton confirmed to star, and now Academy Award winner Alan Arkin (Argo, Litle Miss Sunshine) has joined the impressive cast. Below, learn more about the Alan Arkin joining the Dumbo cast. Variety learned Arkin is […]

The post Tim Burton’s Live-Action ‘Dumbo’ Adds Oscar-Winner Alan Arkin appeared first on /Film. »


- Jack Giroux

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Jerry Lewis, Legendary Comedian & Filmmaker, Dies At 91

2 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Jerry Lewis, born Joseph Levitch in Newark, N.J, the legendary slapstick comic of 1963’s classic “The Nutty Professor” and 1960’s “The Bellboy,” died in Las Vegas on Sunday at the age of 91. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that he died at his home at 9:15 a.m, which his agent later confirmed.

You don’t have to be French to appreciate Jerry Lewis.

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- Jordan Ruimy

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